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Pug Claus 2014

Lola Pug and I are BIG fans of Christmas, so around this time of year, we absolutely MUST head down to meet Mr. Claus, himself, when he comes into town.

Fortunately for us, Santa has a soft spot for rescue dogs, so he made a special visit this year to the annual Pugalug Pug Rescue Pug Claus celebration.

So many pugs came out to meet Santa and spend the afternoon showing off their festive outfits, all while raising much needed funds for pug rescue.

This little guy is a rescue from a few years back – can you even stand how well he rocks that bow tie and suit?!? (and how about that cool shirt on his dad!)

 

Remember this little charmer from last month’s Pugoween event? (Hint: She was the taco!) She’s grown a bit since then, and clearly I can’t stay away from her gorgeousness. The camera loves her, no?

 

Lola’s somehow actual relative (we’ll say he’s a cousin), Higgins, was there with his people. He was looking stately and handsome, despite his people’s best attempt to make him look jolly and festive.

 

…the happiness…the cuteness….

 

Josephine was all-eyes on her mama, Mrs. Claus…

 

I would have just handed her all of the sardine snacks in my hand…proof that her mama clearly has WAY more willpower than I do.

I mean LOOK AT THIS FACE!

 

But as fun as it is to mingle and socialise, the Man of the Hour was upstairs, and in a rare moment of excitement and affection, Lola welcomed Santa with a BIG and clearly welcomed kiss…

 

…and then proceeded to whisper all of her hopes and dreams for Christmas and the New Year into his ear.

 

The pug who is usually Little Miss Wriggles in anyone else’s arms was as comfy as anything in Santa’s lap.

He’s kind of a special dude that way, I guess.

 

We had such a fun time, and all funds raised are headed to help pugs like little Blossom here find love and health and a brand new life. If you’re looking to donate to a great cause this holiday season, I highly recommend Pugalug, by the way. They are a group of amazing, experienced and committed rescuers, and they are 100% volunteer.

Friends, family, love and giving back. What more could Christmas possibly be about?

 

Thank you to Steven Chung for the gorgeous formal Santa portrait at the end of the blog post!

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Griffy Family Visit

Lola Pug is a popular girl. She has a wide circle of friends, both human and canine (and a couple of feline), and she gets to see them all pretty darned regularly.

Bosco and Murphy (aka The Fuppies) are a part of our family, and our doors and hearts are always open to them. I mean LOOK AT THEM!

Is that a boat? Can we eat it?

 

 

I might look like a little punk, but all I really want is my mama's lap and some love.

 

 

Seriously. Can I eat that?

 

This week, the Fuppies came to stay with us for an afternoon while their people were out for a bit. They are always VERY excited to come over to visit us at Casa Lola, so after MUCH speeding around and wrestling and playing and more wrestling and racing around, I decided to take them for a neighbourhood walk to try to tire them out a bit.

What do we have here? The Fuppies appear to have made friends with Shelby, Lola Pug’s lifetime buddy around the corner.

The man and the big dog went that way, and I smell snackies.

 

All eyes were on Shelby’s dad as he doled out treats for the attentive crowd…

You. Have. Done. This. To. Me.

 

…well…almost all eyes.

I guess cuteness only goes so far in the dog world.

To quote George Burns, “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family…in another city.”

I’m already desperately trying to think up ways to make it up to her.

Wish me luck!

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Shark Week Pug

I have long held a deep respect and fascination (and a healthy fear) of sharks. I own a few shark documentary DVD’s, as well as a couple of books about the creatures. I also am terrified of swimming in sharky-waters, but that’s not why we’re here today.

In honour of Shark Week (whatever that actually is), I have gone into the Lola Pug photo vaults back to around this time last year when we got together with The Griffies to celebrate…sharks?

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Well, Lola Pug, for one, was not impressed, and Clara and Bosco, although curious, seemed to be giving her a bit of space to get used to her transformation.

Good shark face, though, little one.

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And I’m sorry, Roxy, you’re simply WAY too cute to be a menacing shark.

With the help of his human, Bentley tried his best to put on a scary face.

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…opposite effect, dude.

So Bentley and Clara tried their hand at being table sharks, instead.

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…while Osgood took the wise path, and hid.

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…or he was pretending to be a crocodile, it’s hard to say.

So, Happy Shark Week (can we have Octopus Week next?) to everyone, I guess, and remember… It’s better to be a shark…

Shark Pug

 

…than it is to be a hotdog.

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So sayeth The Pug.

 

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Coastal Friends

Lola Pug’s lifelong BFF and cousin, Roxy, is moving to the other side of the country shortly (cue the sadfaces at Casa Lola), so we invited the Little Miss and her people up to Lola’s northern playground for a weekend of adventuring and bonding before the big move.

One of the first things we all must do when faced with outdoor adventures is put on our hats and sunscreen, so Roxy reminded us all to do so before we set out….

 

The first order of the day was to have a little boating adventure, which Roxy took to like a …duck to water?

 

Lola, being used to such travel, was a little bit less impressed, but that also might have something to do with the fact that she’s rather grown out of her life jacket a little bit. (Middle age spread happens to the best of us, baby).

 

Not only did we have gorgeous sunshine and water, but we had jumping fish and giant aeries to be on the lookout for.

 

Once our not-quite-three-hour tour was done, we were all rather toasty, so we thought we’d bring the pugs to the water to cool down a bit.

Roxy has always been a bit of a water baby, so she was quite pleased with the refreshment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Epic and proud, babygirl, epic and proud.

 

Lola, however, has *never* had a fondness for water OR being wet, so imagine my shock and temporary horror when THIS happened…

 

Yup.

She stood in the water in a dreamy state, thoroughly enjoying every soothing moment of the cooling wetness.

 

When I finally coaxed her out of the water to come up on a rock with her cousin to watch some passing boats…

 

…she turned around and walked back INTO the water for a bit more spa action.

 

Which prompted me to call out… “WHERE IS MY PUG, AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH HER???”

Oh.

We’re all back to normal now, I see….

 

Yes. That’s likely goose poop she’s smearing her wet face in.

That seemed to be enough adventuring for one day for these two, so we settled in for a little nap on the porch together.

Lola was a bit miffed that Roxy got her favourite chair…

 

…but we do these things for our friends. Especially when we might not see them again for a long, long time.

 

Love and kisses, little Roxy Pug. Here’s hoping we will get a chance to come and visit you in your new (and terribly exciting) coastal home before long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Mother’s Day!

I remember receiving my first Mother’s Day flowers the year that Lola Pug was born. Mother’s Day arrived that year when The Pug was still with her pug mama, too young to be with me in her forever home, but that didn’t make the day any less special for me.

Black pug lies in a sunbeam with a suspicious look on her face

 

The thought of this little face, and thinking back to everything we’ve been through together over the past nine years makes every Mother’s Day special for me, even when they’ve been really tough to celebrate.

Here’s to as many more happy adventures and bright and sunny Mother’s Days as the Fates will allow us, baby girl….

Pug mama walking her black pug on a beach at low tide

 

And to all the loving Mums out there who have kids of all kinds, Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

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Lola Pug, Birthday Girl

As pretty much any pet parent knows, there comes a moment when we start to dread our furkids’ birthdays. Me, well, I’ve been mourning Lola Pug’s advancing age ever since she got out of her crazy puppy stage, so when her ninth birthday hit this week, I was all dread and gloom in my heart…

 

But that’s no way to live life, is it?

Celebrations must be had, so I brought out Lola’s “Special Occasion” porcelain Imari bowl, and a celebration dinner was presented.

 

But what’s a proper birthday without guests?

We were SO lucky to have Roxy back at Casa Lola with us, and she even brought a gift with her…

  

Always eager to help out her little cousin, Roxy showed Lola the gift, and tried to explain how to open it…

 

…but Lola didn’t seem to be too impressed, so Roxy took matters into her own hands…paws…face….

 

While Roxy played with her birthday gift to Lola Pug (Squirrel Log joy!), Lola told me exactly what she thought of her birthday so far….

 

But don’t despair, Pug! With the food eaten, and the gifts opened, there was only one thing left to do.

PARTY TIME!

 

Well. I can see that Lola was totally enjoying herself.

What’s up, Roxy? You don’t like your party hat?

 

I clearly can’t pretend that it’s very dignified, but if anyone can pull this off, it’s you, little bird.

 

That’s a bit better.

…perhaps I shouldn’t have been laughing so much.

Happy Birthday, my little Pug Overlord. And thank you for sharing it with your cousin and me.

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A Grumble of Pugs

Lola Pug and I are lucky to live close to not one, but TWO of her pug relatives, and we are happy to host them as our guests here at Casa Lola when their people go away.

Now, usually, these visits fall so we only ever have one overnight guest at a time, but the stars were aligned in a more interesting way this week, and we had BOTH Nelly AND Roxy visiting us at the same time.

I tried to get photos with the three of them together, but to be honest, it was too big of a challenge for me to corral them all and keep my sanity, so I present to you a photo from this past summer:

Three black pugs smile at the camera in the sunshine

Nelly Belly, Miss Foxy Roxy and Lola Pug

Can you see the family resemblance?

As for their personalities, they really couldn’t be more different. Lola Pug is the aloof and disapproving princess of the group – very discriminating about people and activities, and remarkably cranky at times. Roxy is the food-obsessed, happy adventurer of the three – always up for a dive into the dirt, and never without a tail wag for a new human or canine friend. And last, but not least, is Nelly – the pure soul – the eternally good-natured angel with a huge hit of dork about her.

I think this photo kind of sums their personalities up quite nicely….

Three black pugs on a summer day, one with a goofy look, one with a cranky look.

Nelly, Lola and Roxy

Roxy and Lola love Nelly, but I have caught them giving each other looks when Nells does something silly (which is quite often, believe me).

Two black pugs in the summertime, one has a cranky look and the other looks friendly and is wagging her tail

 

As for Lola, she  really does adore her family – but in small quantities, perhaps. She’s always happy to see them, and even happier when they leave. …which might be true about a lot of families, actually.

 

And how did I fare having three pugs in the tiny space that is Casa Lola?

Well, let’s just say that people on the street smile at you when you’re walking one pug…they smile and laugh when you’re walking two pugs…and three pugs? They avoid eye contact with you at all cost.

But the hit to my reputation as a semi-normal human being (oh, who am I kidding?) was worth it to have an actual, official “grumble” of pugs in my home. Does three count as enough for a grumble?

And the family adventures continue on through this coming week. Wish me luck!

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Puppy Love

Is there anything better to do on a Sunday than visit a PUPPY?

I certainly can’t think of too many other things.

Fortunately for me, Miss Merryweather has a new little sister, so last weekend, I invited myself over to meet the wee mite.

Everyone – meet RUBY!

 

The thinking was that Ruby needed an older, engaged role model to show her the ropes, as Miss Merryweather really isn’t that into having little paws all up in her grill these days.

Just for size comparison sake…

 

Seriously. I die.

Ruby immediately took to Lola Pug…

 

…but I’m pretty sure the love was one sided.

After a bit of floor romping, Her Royal Highness was lifted to a puppy-free zone, where a certain someone tried and tried, but just couldn’t get up to play with her new, favourite friend.

It won’t be long before Ruby can jump up on that sofa, and when she does, I’ll be there, with my “real” camera, and lots and lots of love and treats for the long suffering adult pugs in the room.

…for more Ruby and Merryweather, you can always visit the Merrylog!

 

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Christmas Pug Wishes

Well, our trees have been put up and decorated, our presents have been bought and (mostly) wrapped, and the baking is all done.

The Pug has had her seasonal bath (“Seasonal” might be another way of saying “I dropped some Thai dipping sauce on her fur and I can’t get it out.” …Or it might not….) so I say let the lounging and eating BEGIN!

 

Lola Pug and I wish you love and happiness and lots of awesome butt skritches this holiday.

And to our friends and family on the ice-storm stricken, eastern side of Canada, stay warm and stay safe.

Ho! Ho! Ho! And MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALL!

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Christmas Pug Elf

We’re pretty stoked about Christmas here at Casa Lola. There’s a lot to do before the big day comes, though, including heading over to Lola’s Grandpa’s place to put up his tree.

So I leave Lola Pug alone for two minutes, and what do I come back to find her doing?

Supervising, of course.

 

If there ever was a job that pugs were born to do, it’s supervise the work of other people.

That being said, she’s pretty good at encouraging good work on the part of her willing slaves.

 

A few more chores, and we can get into full-on holiday mode, which basically involves doing nothing but eating and snoozing on the sofa in our jammies. Hm. Sounds like a couple of other things that pugs were most definitely born to do.

Does that mean that *every* day is Christmas Day to the lucky pugs?

The countdown is on!

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